Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Home Sweet Home

Good evening!

Today has been a bit of a busy day, getting home from being gone for a week and a half and catching up with the parents. 🙂 I actually made really good time though on my trip (sang at the top of my lungs for 3 hours straight) and was able to get home right at noon for lunch. I knew exactly what I wanted…..


New Chobani pomegranate yogurt (!!) with Kashi U cereal and blueberries. I missed my yogurt!!!!! I really liked this flavor but I think I need to try it again on its own because the cereal sort of overwhelmed it and if you wouldn’t have told me it was pomegranate I probably would have thought it was cherry or strawberry.

While I ate, I read:


I did hit the gym this afternoon….20 sweaty stairmaster minutes + 30 pushups + bicycle crunches. September 1st is my last day at the gym so I thought I should take advantage of it today!

Post-gym I had the other half of my Pro Bar—-


Loved this flavor because there were big chunks of melty chocolate chips in it! Put dark chocolate in anything and I am a happy camper. 🙂

Even though I love being with my girlfriends, it was nice to come home to quiet, Dexter and a glass of wine with my parents!


(I think he missed me. Obviously)

And my mom made a fantastic dinner! I’m going to miss living with my parents….my mom is the best chef ever!


Chicken schnitzel from The French Laundry cookbook along with sugar snap peas and some red rice with goat cheese and toasted almonds that I threw together at the end. It was delicious!

But the best was the homemade blueberry cake she made!


This was a recipe from the newspaper and was sooooooooo good. I rationalized having two pieces because technically I’m carbo-loading for my long run tomorrow 😉

Project for the night was THIS:


My closet is totally out of control and I just spent the past two hours completely cleaning it out. I have two huge bags of clothes to give to The Spring (a home for abused woman my mom and I support) and tons of trash…I can’t believe I kept some of the stuff that I had. Stacks upon stacks of old pictures from high school and college, old exams, papers, projects, notebooks… was crazy and I feel so much better.

I’m on a roll. Must continue cleaning and organizing my life before I lose steam. LONG run in the morning!!!!!

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  • Darcie
    August 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Hey, how is that book? I saw it at B&N last time I went and was interested, but I was in a rush, so I didn’t even crack it open. I forgot all about it until now, so thank you for reminding me!

  • Angharad
    August 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Good luck on your long run!!! You look super cute in that picture – must be all the happy vibes from being home with glass of wine (and cat) and in hand!!
    Interested to know what you thought of the Time article. Yay for cake-carbo loading!

  • Lizzie
    August 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Oh goat cheese, goat cheese, goat cheese . . .. ’nuff said! I think you featured the ‘Pure’ bar range in one of your recent posts? I saw one on special in the supermarket today and thought I would try it. Chocolate Brownie – pretty good! How good does less clutter feel? I love it – and could do with some action in that department myself 🙂

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    August 29, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I have the Kashi U cereal in my cupboard! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

  • Rebecca
    August 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Oh man! Blueberry cake sounds awesome!!

  • brandi
    August 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    glad you got back safely and that you had a fun time the past week 🙂

    i hope they start carrying chobani here soon – those new flavors sound so good!

  • Evan Thomas
    August 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I like the pomegranite yogurt, too, but it is very similar to cherry or raspberry. You wouldn’t really be able to pin down pomegranite except for the seeds in it

  • Run Sarah
    August 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Good luck on your run tomorrow! That red rice looks SO good, yum!!

  • Leianna
    August 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I love cleaning/organizing my closets! Good luck with your run tomorrow! Love the kitty and you picture, I think they do miss us when we are are away!

  • Kat
    August 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Jenna, are you moving?
    Your dinner looks great!

    • jenna
      August 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm


      I AM! Not for a little while though. Details to come….

  • angieinatlanta
    August 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Oh man, that blueberry cake looks delish! Can your mom give me cooking lessons!?

    I love cleaning and organizing; it always “clears” my mind!

  • Amelia
    August 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I just snagged that issue of Time too. I’m interested to read the article after hearing the speaker at the Summit.

  • Kristin
    August 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    That dinner looks delicious!
    My goal for tomorrow is cleaning too! It’s gotta get done, right?

    Have fun on your run!


  • Jenna
    August 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I must agree, your mom makes the most delish looking dishes!

    And that blueberry cake, drool! Totally necessary to have the two pieces, you definitely need the carbs 😉 Good luck on the long run!

  • amanda
    August 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Love love love Dexter Pics:-) Keep them coming!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Good luck on the long run tomorrow!

    That blueberry cake looks AMAZING!

    Also – totally hear ya on the cleaning/organizing. That’s what I spent last weekend doing and as I was going through my clothes I couldn’t BELIEVE the stuff I held onto! It’s crazy!! What are we thinking?! Haha

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    August 29, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Oh man that dinner looks goood! Have a good run tomorrow!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Always nice to be home!

    I really want to read that Times article. I’m gonna have to go search for it.

    Good luck on your run tomorrow!!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    August 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I love cleaning out messes!! It is definitely a cleansing experience;) Are you going to be getting your own place soon?

  • Sana
    August 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    It is always tough to part with things- but good job on the cleaning!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    It’s definitely nice to come home and relax for a bit. Hope the move goes well!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I need to get my hands on Pro Bars. They sound so healthy and delicious! And that dinner looks fabulous. Moms are such great cooks, aren’t they? 🙂

  • Maria
    August 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Awesome food as usual by your mom! I am cleaning out my clothes to give to charity as well 🙂

  • Lizzy
    August 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    sometimes i crave organization, and i just go all for it! good for your girl! 🙂

    glad that your glad to be home!

  • Jaclyn
    August 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    okay, you’ve been hinting at it all week…so did you get the job and are you planning on moving to cali or what 😉 ????

  • Danielle
    August 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Cannot wait to hear about your next move exciting girl! Good luck with the closet 😉

  • Jean
    August 29, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Sounds like more changes are coming your way! I’ll be super interested to see what you do next! 🙂
    Awesome dinner! Moms are the best!

  • Sarah
    August 29, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Ooo! Good issue of Time! I just started reading through it, and of course I jumped ahead to the article that relates to the cover…

  • Caroline
    August 29, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Don’t you get the best feeling after cleaning out your closet??
    I love all the colors of your dinner–I think the red rice and snap peas are my favorites.

  • Sara
    August 29, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    We must be twins because I have recently undertaken the exact same massive cleanout project. Kept way too much for way too long! So cleansing to purge it already!

  • Jenna
    August 29, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    glad your happy to be finally home!
    i love it when i clean, organize my closet, and throw out old stuff, it makes me feel so much better!

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats)
    August 29, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Yay for organization! Also, your dinner looks DIVINE! I definitely know what you mean about the joys of having mom cook for you!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    August 30, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I love the Koka Moka ProBar – soo good. I liked the bursts of chocolate chips in it while I ate it. Chocolate is good in very nearly everything!

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 30, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Only brave women clean closets. Mine and Snuffy’s are both fairly organized. So organized that she knows right where to find my jewelry and shoes to match outfits. She often goes to the babysitter wearing my necklaces lol. Now, the closet in our guest bedroom is a whole different story…it’s overflowing with Mallard’s stuff. I don’t even open that door!

  • Caroline
    August 30, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Every family vacation reminds me of how much I miss my family. I think its definitely a perk to get another chance to appreciate your parents in a more adult setting. And that time cover story looks great! Wish I hadn’t canceled my Time subscription 🙂

  • Liz
    August 30, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Sounds like you got a lot done in your closet. Have fun on your long run tomorrow. Mine’s tomorrow too!

  • Tania
    August 30, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now and I can’t help but feel proud of how far you’ve come in these past few months. You look so happy and healthy. Good luck with your upcoming September stuff and glad you had a safe trip home. ps. I drool over the yogurt–we don’t have any greek style yogurt in Toronto!!! 🙁

  • Chelsea
    August 30, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I read that article earlier this week and it really scared me straight (in a good way) as a consumer. It reaffirmed why I shell out a few extra bucks to purchase organic produce and free-range, grass fed, antibiotic free meat.

    I googled “best pre-run snacks” and was linked to a post on your blog. I soon found myself reading a lot of your posts and articles. I love it! It’s motivating to read (as a runner and as some one who hates diets but loves the practice of celebrating healthy meals and cooking.)

    Good luck on the long run! I’ll be doing a 5-miler tomorrow, if I feel like pooping out I’ll just remind myself that there are fellow runners out there huffing and puffing too in the name of fitness. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Hillary
    August 30, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Where can you buy Pro Bars???

  • Susan
    August 30, 2009 at 6:51 am

    One reason I’m glad that I moved around so much as a kid is that I never had time to acquire tons of crap! 😛 Good luck on the long run! Hope it’s pain free!

  • Shannon
    August 30, 2009 at 7:05 am

    I just moved, which spurred a massive cleaning out of the closets. It sure does feel good to be done with a project like that! Welcome home! Blueberry cake is a very nice welcome home treat!

  • Simone
    August 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

    That dinner looks so good! I see where you get your cooking skills from 😉 (minus the culinary school and all, haha). Glad to hear you got home safe!

  • chandra
    August 30, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Ooh, that’s the ProBar flavor I got in my HLS swag bag! I’ve been waiting to try it out… now I kind of want to go bust into it!